Border Security Management

INTERPOL has assisted law enforcement efforts in Member States by enhancing national and regional border security, reducing the cross-border movement of terrorists and their affiliates and identifying and disrupting networks that facilitate their travel.

Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) conducts country visits on behalf of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee to assess Member States’ counter-terrorism efforts, including progress made, remaining shortfalls, and priority areas for technical assistance needs, as well as to identify terrorism-related trends and challenges and good practices employed in the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions. By June 2018, more than 140 visits to some 100 UN Member States have been conducted since CTED was declared operational in December 2005. CTED has stepped up its efforts to promote the responsible use of biometrics. Along with the Working Group on Border Management and Law Enforcement relating to Counter-Terrorism of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, it is developing a compendium of existing good practices and recommendations for Member States with regard to the collection, recording and sharing of biometrics.

UNOCT/UNCCT Border Security Initiative (BSI), a joint intiative with the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) supported Member States to effectively manage and secure their national borders in order to hinder terrorists and other organized criminals from transiting through their respective countries. The project sought to enhance the capacity needs of border agencies in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel as they pertain to inter-agency cooperation, cross-border coordination and border engagement. It produced a paper on Good Practices in Border Security and Management in the Context of Counter-terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters PDF document, as well as a Train the Trainers (ToT) training curriculum.

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) has continued to support the efforts of Member States to prevent the acquisition of small arms and light weapons by terrorists and terrorist groups. It has implemented a pilot project in the Lake Chad Basin, which provided technical assistance to Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria to support and strengthen their legal and judicial frameworks against small arms and light weapons. Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) continued its comprehensive and long-standing programmes to support Member States to prevent and respond to an attack involving chemical weapons through the full and effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. This included providing training for border and customs officials to detect the illicit traffic of chemical materials.